Scarsdale's HamletHub Sun, 24 Sep 2017 11:59:11 -0400 S​carsdale Foundation Awards a $50,000 Grant to ​​Scarsdale Public Library Renovation Project

The Scarsdale Foundation’s $50,000 grant to Scarsdale Public Library for its transformative renovation helped the Campaign for Excellence reach a new milestone with over $5 million committed in gifts and pledges. “A great Village needs a great library!” said Foundation President Emily Sherwood, “so it seemed only right that the Scarsdale Foundation partner in advancing a project that defines the spirit of Scarsdale.” The Scarsdale Foundation’s mission supports institutions and individuals that encourage educational and human development and mutual understanding.  The grant will be matched by generous donors effectively doubling its impact with construction scheduled to begin in 2018.

Photo credit: David C. Karp

From left to right: Susie Rush, Michelle Lichtenberg, Margot Milberg, Betty Pforzheimer, Bob Steves, Dara Gruenberg, Elizabeth Bermel, Evelyn Stock, Emily Sherwood, Diane Greenwald, Jane Veron, Randy Guggenheimer, B.K. Munguia, Seth Ross and Tom Giordano (not pictured: David Karp)


]]> (Scarsdale Foundation) Places Sun, 24 Sep 2017 05:27:32 -0400
Update on Accident on Post Road

On September 22, 2017 at approximately 1803 hours, the Scarsdale Police Department responded to a serious injury automobile and motorcycle accident that occurred on Post Road / Route 22 and Wayside Lane. Due to the serious nature of the accident and the investigation at the scene, Post Road / Route 22 was completely closed in both directions between Sherbrooke Road and Crane Road for the remainder of the evening.

The operator of the motorcycle was treated at the scene by paramedics from the Scarsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps and immediately transported to the Westchester Medical Center for treatment. The operator of the other vehicle was not injured. The operator of the motorcycle was pronounced dead at the Westchester Medical Center. The motorcyclist is identified as Junio Aridio, 44 years of age, from Mount Vernon, NY.

The Scarsdale Police Department was assisted at the accident scene by the Westchester County Police Accident Investigation Unit. Updated information will be released as the investigation progresses.

]]> (Scarsdale Police Department) Public safety Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:23:45 -0400
Greenacres Back-to-School Picnic


The weather was perfect for the Greenacres Back-to-School Picnic on September 11. Students played and picnicked with their families, friends and teachers on the school field. The fun evening also featured a bake sale and glitter tattoos.


Photos by Toni DiMartino-Stebich

]]> (Toni DiMartino-Stebich) Neighbors Sat, 23 Sep 2017 05:00:00 -0400
Scarsdale Police Accident Investigation

The Scarsdale Police Department is currently conducting an investigation of a serious injury automobile and motorcycle accident that occurred on Post Road at approximately 6:03 pm. Due to the ongoing investigation at the scene, Post Road / Route 22 will be completely closed in both directions between Sherbrooke Road and Crane Road. The road closure is expected to continue for most of the evening. Motorists are encouraged to avoid the area.

The Scarsdale Police Department is being assisted at the accident scene by the Westchester County Police Accident Investigation Unit. No other details are available at this time. Updated information will be released as the investigation progresses. Information can be

]]> (Scarsdale Police Investigation) Public safety Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:49:17 -0400
Parking Meter Pilot Program Coming to Scarsdale

New smart parking meters will be installed in the Village of Scarsdale’s Village Center as part of a Pilot Program this fall. Residents and visitors will have the opportunity to test four different meters as part of the Village’s effort to examine user preferences and meter equipment performance prior to replacing. The information garnered during the pilot period will aid the Village in selecting the parking meter that best meets the needs of residents and visitors frequenting the Village Center.

The pilot program is designed to give the consumer an opportunity to use multi space and smart single space meters, both of which provide various parking payment options. The Village has selected the POM smart single space meter, IPS smart single space meter, the T2 Systems Luke II multi space pay station and the MacKay Tango multi space meter, as the parking meter equipment to be tested in the pilot program.

The new meters will accept quarters as well as credit cards. They can also communicate seamlessly with smartphone parking payment apps, although the use of phone apps will not be part of the meter test period as we want parkers to experience using meters during the test period. In addition to providing consumers with more convenient ways to pay, new parking meter technology will allow the Village to examine detailed parking data to better manage available resources.

Additionally, online and phone surveys will enable consumers to share their views on ease of use, aesthetic preference, and other variables. Each test meter style will have a color-coded marker. The consumer will be able to go online or call the toll free number posted on the meter where they will be prompted to answer a few short questions. Survey answers are anonymous, but if a survey taker provides a single phone number at the end of the survey and they rate each of the four meter types, they are eligible to receive a free gift.

The new meters will be installed in the Village Center bordered on Popham Road, Chase Road, Spencer Place and East Parkway. Equipment is scheduled to be installed by the end of September and the meter test of the equipment will continue thru December 2017.

]]> (Village of Scarsdale) Politics Fri, 22 Sep 2017 05:08:43 -0400
Halloween Window Painting and Parade Info

The Scarsdale Parks and Recreation Department will be holding their 66th Annual Halloween Window Painting Program on Sunday, October 22nd from 9:00am–4:00pm.  All adults and children who reside in or attend public or private schools in Scarsdale in are eligible to participate in this event.  

The Halloween Window Painting Contest is open to children in Grades 3-10.  Judges will determine a winner from each age group and one overall winner.  Prizes will be awarded at a special awards ceremony in November. 

The Family Window Painting program is an opportunity for young children and their parents, teens above 10th Grade, or adults who want to show off their artistic ability to participate in this annual village tradition. There are no age limits in this group, and any Scarsdale residing individual, team, or family of up to five members may decorate a window. Family Window Painting is NOT a contest. Participation ribbons will be awarded to each entry. 

In addition to the Window Painting Program, there will be a Costume Parade held in the Village streets by Chase Park. The parade line up begins at 2:45 pm in front of Chase Park. The parade will start at 3:00 pm. Special entertainment and refreshments provided by Lange’s Deli will be served after the parade. All Pre-K and Elementary School children are welcome to participate in the costume parade.

Deadline to register for the Halloween Window Painting programs is Tuesday, October 17th.

As windows are limited, registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please register online at 

For questions, call the Recreation Department at 722-1160

]]> (Scarsdale Parks and Recreation) Life Thu, 21 Sep 2017 17:58:13 -0400
Pulitzer Prize-winning Author Michael Chabon at Purchase College

Purchase College-SUNY will present Michael Chabon: A Reading and Conversation on Sept. 25, 2017.  The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at Purchase College in the Natural Sciences Building Lecture Hall (735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY). The bestselling author, who has won a Pulitzer and many other awards, has been named Purchase College’s 2017-2018 Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature, and will be featured in a series of events.

“Michael Chabon is a perfect fit for the position of the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature,” said Anthony Domestico, assistant professor of literature at Purchase College. “His varied tastes are reflected in the programs he's designed for the coming year: a lecture and a reading from his work, a film screening and a public conversation with Neil Gaiman. He has a fascinating mind and is a distinctive prose stylist. We're lucky to have him with us for the 2017-2018 academic year.”​

One of the most acclaimed and popular contemporary American authors, Michael Chabon received a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and more than 30 other awards. The bestselling novelist is the author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, A Model World, Wonder Boys, Werewolves in their Youth, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland, The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, Maps & Legends, Gentlemen of the Road, Telegraph Avenue, Moonglow, and The Astonishing Secret of Awesome Man.

Kathleen McCormick, professor of literature and pedagogy at Purchase College, commented, “There’s a keen frisson at Purchase since it was announced that Michael Chabon was becoming the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature. Chabon’s a wonderfully capacious and beautiful writer, moving easily across genres—sci fi, magic realism, comic-book heroes, and now he’s written a ‘fictional memoir,’ Moonglow. I’m teaching the book and it is inspiring students to read more of Chabon’s work. His range and ease of blending literary and genre fiction will have incredible appeal to the Purchase community.”           

The Durst Distinguished Lecture Series and the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature are funded by the Roy and Shirley Durst Distinguished Chair in Literature Endowment. The mission of the Durst programs is to infuse the experience and intellect of leading writers into the Purchase community, while providing diverse opportunities for these writers to interact with students and influence campus life.

For more information, please visit: or call 914.251.6550.

]]> (Leslie Wells) Neighbors Tue, 19 Sep 2017 05:29:00 -0400
Scarsdale Forum Hosts Community Conversation on Scarsdale Schools

On September 7, 2017, the Scarsdale Forum’s Education Committee hosted a community discussion, Scarsdale Schools: 2017 and Beyond, in Rutherford Hall at Scarsdale Village Hall. According to Education Committee Co-Chair Mayra Kirkendall-Rodríguez, “135 people participated throughout the evening, and we were very pleased with the diversity of attendees who engaged actively in this important dialogue about the state of our schools now and where they’ll be in the future. Attendees included professionals from the Scarsdale school administration, teachers, members of the Board of Education, Scarsdale Village officials, empty nesters, students, parents of current students and a few alumni.” The event was broadcast live and was recorded, and is available for viewing by clicking here.

The objective of the evening was to bring different segments of the Scarsdale community together to have a conversation about our schools. Education Committee Co-Chair Carlos Ramírez explained that “It is important to bring all community stakeholders together, whether in one room or via technology, to discuss our schools and their future. We need to know what the different members of the community are thinking.”

The event agenda included a number of different elements: a live online social media component managed by Ramírez; an interactive live poll developed and administered by committee member Brice Kirkendall-Rodríguez; and, a question and answer session moderated by committee members Maggie Favretti, who is also a teacher at Scarsdale High School, and Liz Guggenheimer, a former Scarsdale Board of Education President.

Poll questions were derived from responses to the Scarsdale Forum’s “School Topics Survey,” distributed in May and June of this year. The poll questions touched upon a variety of topics, including the goals of long-term school financial plan, quality of teachers and school facilities, as well as parental involvement and preferences about curriculum, facilities and related topics.

Responses were recorded both from participants attending the event and those viewing it remotely.  Highlights include the following:

When asked the main reason for the school district to have a financial plan, respondents listed “providing the school district with sufficient funds to prepare kids with skills to live in the next decade,” and  “insuring fiscal responsibility and sustainability” as their number one and two priorities, respectively. 

When asked for what projects respondents would be willing to have their property taxes increased, they listed, in order of preference, add air conditioning in schools, expand STEM labs, increase room size, build new elementary schools, and build dining commons in elementary schools. Respondents were not willing to have their taxes rise to enlarge sports fields.

Respondents stated that the top two strengths of Scarsdale schools are English and college preparedness. 

When asked if there should be parity in facilities planned for all five elementary schools, 62% responded yes, 22% said no, and 16% needed more information in order to respond.

Respondents stated they spend significant amounts annually on after school instruction in music, foreign languages, sports, test prep, and other subjects for their children during the academic year: 78% spend between $1,000 and $20,000, and 13% spend over $20,000 each year.

When asked what changes they’d like to see in curriculum, facilities and other areas, if possible, 37% respondents listed adding additional STEAM classes to elementary and middle schools as their top priority; and, 27% want financial literary courses added to the district curriculum. 

With regard to facilities, 46% indicated that adding air conditioning would be their top priority.  When asked about what else would make them happier with Scarsdale schools, 24% listed lower taxes as their top priority, while 17% listed increased transparency in decision making by the school administration as their top choice.

All live poll slides can be found by clicking here.

Education Committee members Maggie Favretti and Liz Guggenheimer also asked audience members a series of open-ended questions about education: what is the ideal environment for your child, what a world class education might look like, and whether any attendees who had studied at a private school or abroad share would share lessons with Scarsdale residents. Over a dozen participants discussed their perspectives, the consensus of which supported school efforts to teach complex problem-solving, innovation, and important skills such as reiteration, computer science, and thinking through practice and authentic assessment of issues. Engaging students of all levels directly in subject-matter experiences, encouraging them to challenge the status quo, instead of seeking the right answer, supporting them through the college process, and the high school tutorial model were singled out for specific praise.  

One participant stated that the term ”world class education” did not mean much unless the school district could provide metrics to measure outcomes. That same individual praised what is available at Scarsdale schools in terms of helping students when they apply to college. A female resident, who is a professional in technology, emphasized the need for Scarsdale schools to encourage and teach technology to children, especially to girls.

At the conclusion of the evening, Scarsdale Forum President ML Perlman reminded the audience that, “The Scarsdale Forum is open to all Scarsdale and Mamaroneck strip residents regardless of citizenship, and our committees remain open at all times for additional members to join on a rolling basis. So, please join the Forum and jump right in to the discussions happening right now.”

The Forum’s Education Committee would like to thank Scarsdale Schools Superintendent Thomas Hagerman, Mayor Dan Hochvert, members of the Scarsdale Boards of Education and Trustees, teachers, students and all Scarsdale residents for participating in Scarsdale Schools: 2017 and Beyond. The committee also extends its gratitude to Assistant Village Manager Robert Cole and Videographer Kelvin Guevara, who were instrumental in coordinating event logistics, and to Scarsdale Forum leadership and numerous Forum members who assisted with developing and marketing this special event.


The Scarsdale Forum 

The Scarsdale Forum is a 501(c)(3) civic organization dedicated to discussion and analysis of all issues relevant to Scarsdale residents. Since 1904, the Forum has contributed meaningfully to Village affairs through its written reports, public speaker events, and committee discussions. Membership is available to all Scarsdale and Mamaroneck Strip residents regardless of citizenship status. 

]]> (Scarsdale Forum) Politics Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:24:00 -0400
Upcoming Children's Programs at the Scarsdale Library

Programs for children at the Scarsdale Public Library begin the week of September 18 with Time for Twos, a special program for two-year-olds with stories and fun on Monday, September 18, at 4 p.m. This is a ticketed program, limited to the first 25 children to arrive. Tickets can be picked up from the Children's Room desk a half hour before the start of the program.

On Tuesday, September 19, at 4 p.m., the weekly Traditional Tuesday Storytime will feature stories and rhymes designed specifically for ages 3½ -5.

Mother Goose for Walkers Up to Age Two will meet on Thursday, September 21, at 10 a.m. This language enrichment program uses rhymes, songs and stories to stimulate listening, learning, speaking and reading skills.  Mother Goose for Walkers is limited to the first 20 appropriately aged children. Attendees must have a ticket which are distributed on a first come, first served basis to Scarsdale cardholders in the Children’s Room half an hour before the start of each session. 

At 4 p.m., Needlemania!, a crochet club for kids in grades 3 and up will meet. Children have an opportunity to learn the basics or show off their existing skills while meeting new friends.  Registration is required at the library website, 

Mother Goose for Pre-Walkers, a program of rhymes, songs and stories for infants who are not yet walking will be held Friday, September 22, at 9:30 a.m. Reservations are not required, but attendance is limited to the first 20 babies to arrive.

]]> (Scarsdale Public Library) Places Sun, 17 Sep 2017 09:45:51 -0400
9th Annual Hudson Valley Bike Ride is Sunday!

The Hudson Valley Bike Ride is on Sunday, September 17.The Ride starts at Purchase College, located at 735 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY 10577 — directly across from the entrance to the Pepsi corporate offices.


The 9th annual Hudson Valley Bicycle Ride is more than just a bike ride. It offers cyclists a picturesque but challenging route — with three different distances to choose from — and a festive, post-race celebration. The Ride also raises funds that help The Jewish Board change lives by sustaining and expanding mental-health programs in New York communities reaching as far north as Westchester County and as far south as Staten Island. These essential services enrich our communities by helping more than 40,000 of our neighbors recover and lead healthier and more hopeful lives.

Founded in 2008 by Jewish Board Trustee Tony Mann, the Hudson Valley Bike Ride is one of The Jewish Board's most successful fundraising events. Money raised by The Jewish Board's Hudson Valley Bike Ride helps The Jewish Board to deliver programs that communities from as far north as Westchester County to as far south as Staten Island have come to depend upon.

Learn more about the ride and register HERE.

]]> (Hudson Valley Bike Ride) Charities Fri, 15 Sep 2017 05:32:00 -0400
Pediatric Cancer Foundation Rock the Cure

Save the Date for the Pediatric Cancer Foundation

Rock The Cure

Wednesday October 25th

Brae Burn Country Club


Registration Open Click Here

PREVIEW SOME OF OUR AUCTION PRIZES - A full auction site will be open closer to the day of the Gala.

Pediatric Cancer Foundation honors Neil Canell and Jay Canell for their longstanding commitment to serving the community including families dealing with pediatric cancer.

We proudly recognize Gia Gentile and Gio Toribio for their bravery through their diagnosis and treatment. Their determination, strength, and boldness through pediatric cancer is a testament to their inner soulful strength.  These two young people wholeheartedly deserve our first PCF Courage Award. This honor was created to recognize a child’s courageous spirit in the face of one of life’s biggest challenges, pediatric cancer. 



  • 25 Tickets and reserved VIP seating
  • Logo/Name on invite and all signage, event materials and Pediatric Cancer Foundation website
  • Premiere Journal Ad location (Front INSIDE COVER OR Back INSIDE/OUTSIDE Cover) 
  • Recognition in PCF Newsletter that is distributed to over 5,000 individuals and businesses
  • VIP tour of a PCF funded pediatric oncology hospital



  • 10 Tickets and reserved VIP seating
  • Logo/Name on all signage, event materials and Pediatric Cancer Foundation website
  • Premier Journal Ad location (Inside First Page/Last Page)
  • Recognition in PCF Newsletter that is distributed to over 5,000 individuals and businesses 
  • VIP Tour of a PCF funded pediatric oncology hospital


  • 4 Tickets and reserved seating
  • Diamond Journal Ad
  • Logo/Name listed in event program


  • 2 Tickets
  • Platinum Journal Ad
  • Logo/Name listed in event program

FRIEND - $1,000

  • 2 Tickets
  • Gold Journal Ad


  • 1 Ticket

(E-mail your ad text and/or any art work to

$1000 Full Page Gold Journal Ad

$500   Full Page Silver Journal Ad

$250   Full Page Bronze Ad

$100   Name listed in website

Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a non-profit organization which funds treatment, research projects and acquisition of state-of-the-art equipment needed in the field of pediatric cancer research and surgery at the following hospitals:

  • NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital
  • Memorial Sloan–Kettering Cancer Center
  • Stephen D. Hassenfeld Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center 
  • Feinstein Institute of Medical Research – Northwell Health 
  • Comer Children’s Hospital, The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences.
]]> (PCF Rock the Cure) Charities Thu, 14 Sep 2017 04:33:42 -0400
Day in the Park Honors Rescue & Mixed Breed Dogs this Saturday

Putnam Service Dogs Host First Annual "Day in the Park" Honoring Rescue and Mixed Breed Dogs this Saturday at FDR Park in Yorktown

Putnam Service Dogs is hosting a mission driven event; their 1st Annual Day in the Park, Saturday, September 16th, 9am-2pm at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights. The event honors Rescue/Mixed Breed Dogs, and will honor and promote the nurturing bond between humans and dogs - one of the two sentences in our Mission Statement. Putnam Service Dogs adopts and trains carefully selected rescue/mixed breed dogs to be their Service Dogs to be provided FREE to their recipients with follow-up training. 

Schedule of Events:

9-11am Adoption Fair of Rescue dogs from 3 Rescue Group Partners
11-12p ‘Strut Your Pup Parade’ where people will parade with their 4 legged best friend. $30pp/$20per child, includes Putnam Service Dogs t-shirt. Register online here.

12-1:30 lunch and ice cream from 5 star Food Trucks, and Games for Dogs and People led by Putnam Service Dogs Master Gamesters.

From 9-11am, three Rescue Groups partners of Putnam Service Dogs, North Shore Animal League of America (NSALA), Ridgefield Operation for Animal Rescue (ROAR), and Happy Life Animal Rescue will be adopting out dogs. Prospective adopters are strongly encouraged to visit the organizations’ websites before the event to fulfill their pre-adoption requirements.

Staff from Putnam Service Dogs will be at the park gates starting at 6:30am (park gates open at 8) to organize the waiting list for the 9-11am adoption event. Once the Park gates open at 8am, Road Grub Mobile, a 5 Star rated Food Truck, will be parked nearby, offering coffee and food to hungry adopters.

For those whose best friend/roommate is a mixed breed rescue dog, there is a Strut Your Pup Parade, 11am-12pm. The parade route is ¾ of a mile, and will be led by Putnam Service Dogs’ 3 pups in training. The Parade fee is $30 for adults, $20 for kids, and includes an event tee shirt, and bottled water. Registration beforehand on our website,, is encouraged, but can be done at the event 10am-11am. Longford’s Ice Cream Truck, a 5* rated Food Truck, will be nearby, along with Road Grub Mobile, for hungry Paraders. All dogs must be leashed, kid and dog friendly.

After the Strut Your Pup Parade, there’s lunch and ice cream, and games for dogs and people. Rachael Beuchler, Putnam Service Dogs’ Head Trainer, will be leading fun games for dogs and their best human friend. There will also be fun games for humans, led by Game Master, John Schlick, a Putnam Service Dogs’ Board Member.

FDR Park is located at 2957 Crompond Rd in Yorktown

]]> (Kerry Anne Ducey) Charities Wed, 13 Sep 2017 09:03:00 -0400
Scarsdale Rotary Club Invites You To Participate In a Walking Tour Of Harlem


The Scarsdale Rotary Club invites you to participate in a walking architectural/historical tour of Harlem, NY on Monday (Columbus Day) October 9, 2017. The tour will be led by New York University’s Adjunct Professor Francis Morrone PhD, ​a ​historian and author of eleven books, including architectural guidebooks to Philadelphia and Brooklyn. Professor Morrone was named one of the 13 best tour guides in the world by Travel and Leisure Magazine. 

The tour will launch from the famous Red Rooster Restaurant at 301 Lenox Avenue, between 125th and 126th street (just a block from the 125th Street station of Metro North) on October 9, 2017 at 10:00 AM. The group will return to the same location at 11:30AM for a ​luncheon at the ​Red Rooster Restaurant​.

The cost of the walking tour is only $50.00.

The cost of the luncheon will be determined by​ your à la carte selections - the restaurant will issue individual invoices.

Reservations for the community outing ​may be made on the Scarsdale Rotary, or email Rotary President, Robert Zohn, at 

]]> (Scarsdale Rotary Club) Neighbors Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:55:18 -0400
Burke Rehabilitation Hospital Presents Wheelchair Games

On Sept. 23, 2017, Burke Rehabilitation Hospital will present its 38th annual Wheelchair Games, a highlight of the season for wheelchair athletes of all ages and abilities, along with friends and families. The event is held on Burke’s picturesque campus (785 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains)—an idyllic environment for a day that personifies camaraderie and community spirit.

Burke’s Wheelchair Games provide physically challenged competitors with an opportunity to showcase abilities in a variety of track, field, basketball and table tennis events. One of the first events of its kind when introduced almost four decades ago, the Games have become a favorite tradition for both wheelchair athletes and the Westchester community.

“At the Wheelchair Games we offer an inclusive, supportive atmosphere that encourages participants of all ability levels to compete and have fun while boosting their self-confidence,” says Jeffrey Menkes, president & CEO of Burke Rehabilitation Hospital. “This annual event is an inspiring, uplifting experience not just for the athletes, but for friends, family, and other members of the community who come to cheer them on.”

Beginning at 9:00 a.m., there will be field events, table tennis, and a slalom (obstacle) course. Track events start at 1:30 p.m. A new and highly anticipated event this year is the Basketball Free Throw Competition at 11:00 a.m.

The Wheelchair Games competitive categories include: a Futures Division (six and under); a separate Junior Division; Adult and separate Masters levels at age 35 and older, age 50 and older, and the senior Masters division at age 60+. Morning event winners will be awarded during lunchtime and track event winners will be awarded after all races have been completed.
According Richard Sgaglio, Ph.D., vice president at Burke Rehabilitation Hospital, “While the Wheelchair Games are a competition, everyone truly comes away feeling like a winner. By demonstrating their resilience and endurance, all the athletes benefit greatly, as well as those of us who are motivated by their determination.”

Admission is free for spectators and the public is encouraged to attend. In addition to watching the exciting sports competitions, the Wheelchair Games will feature carnival games, musical entertainment, and raffles. The event is produced entirely by volunteers, including Burke employees along with community members from civic groups, schools, religious organizations, and other associations.
Athletes and volunteers can find more information and registration form by visiting: or calling (914) 597-2850. For questions about classification and/or the athletic events, please contact Ralph Armento, meet director, at or at (732) 266-2634. For sponsorship information, please call (914) 597-2222.

]]> (Leslie Wells) Places Tue, 12 Sep 2017 05:21:58 -0400
Letter to the Editor: Scarsdale Village Revitalization is Not a Spectator Sport

Many of Scarsdale’s residents are former Manhattan residents and long for the convenience and variety of retail experiences that we used to enjoy as city dwellers. As a matter of practicality, many unique retail experiences require a significant population density to sustain. We are not likely to ever achieve the diversity of ethnic cuisine that is common along 2nd Avenue or the density of luxury brands that can be found on Madison Avenue. Nonetheless, Scarsdale can be your first choice for day-to-day, and even special occasion, experiences that enhance our local quality of life and even property values. The inviting and vital retail district that you imagine for the village center is achievable.

You have a significant role to play in this future! For starters, two important consumer surveys are circulating throughout the community. One was commissioned by the Village committee appointed to examine options for the grossly underutilized space commonly known as “Freightway” that hosts the majority of our commuter parking for Metro North. You can voice your ideas about the future of this site by participating in the survey

The Scarsdale Forum is also conducting a survey of consumer preferences for the “Village Center” retail district that neighbors the train station.  The survey closes Tuesday, September 12th. In the time you take to author a couple posts on Scarsdale Moms or Scarsdale Dads Facebook sites, you can provide valuable data that will be used to drive decisions for next steps in the evolution of our most significant retail district.

Even more significantly, you can participate in active experiments that are being conducted throughout the village center. Be on the lookout for pop-up stores, outdoor events and more. Stay informed about all of these activities by subscribing to the recently launched village newsletter “Scarsdale Official,” 

One notable experiment will be a Thursday farmers’ market for six to eight weeks that began Thursday, September 7th (Noon – 7pm). We expect 15 vendors to participate which makes this much larger than the previous attempts to establish a farmer’s market in the village. Why Thursdays, you ask? This is the time made available to us by the participants and given the choice of no farmers’ market at all or Thursday, the Village wisely decided to try the experiment. Our last attempt was on Saturday mornings, and it was poorly attended. For a while I lived in California, and I observed one of the most successful farmers’ market in the state, the San Luis Obispo farmers’ market which operates every Thursday evening. Maybe our attempt is not such a crazy idea. A lot of Scarsdale residents head out of town on the weekends during the summer, so perhaps Thursday would be a better option for us. Let’s find out!

Your feedback and your participation are what will bring vitality back to our village center. Try some lifestyle experiments of your own, and see what it is like to live a little more local. Maybe, I’ll see you on Thursdays at the Scarsdale farmers’ market.

Brice Kirkendall-Rodríguez

President of the Old Scarsdale Neighborhood Association


]]> (Brice Kirkendall-Rodríguez) Politics Sun, 10 Sep 2017 05:08:02 -0400